Jul 18, 2018
"Rick and Morty": More Homophobic than"Family Guy"?
Rick Sanchez is a foul-mouthed, misanthropic, drunken mad scientist who drags his squeamish grandson Morty (both voiced by series co-creator Justin Roiland) on complex, blood-and-puke filled adventures in the multiverse.
Morty is a whiny "that's not a good idea" superego. Also hetero-horny. He has a crush on The Girl of His Dreams back at school, and in most parts of the multiverse, he finds a cute alien babe and "lets his penis do the talking."
Sometimes other relatives (forceful daughter Beth, her sitcom-inept husband Jerry, self-involved teenage granddaughter Summer) tag along.
Example: when his spaceship battery goes dead, Rick reveals that he has created an entire microverse inside the battery and populated it with beings who generate the electricity by stomping on foot-generators.
They know that there are five people in the house. Well, six, including Sleepy Gary, who is actually married to Beth. Ok, seven: Frankenstein has been a close friend for years. Ok, eight, including the Raptor. Ten...ten people have always lived in the house. No, twelve...
I have to admit, the plotlines are interesting, with effusively creative universe inside of universe. The blood and puke, not so much.
And Rick's habit of ending every sentence with "Morty" gets annoying.
"We got to get out of here, Morty. Hand me that cosmic defrazzler, Morty. This should do the trick, Morty. But there's no telling what universe we'll end up in, Morty. We'll just have to wait and see, Morty."
Then there's the homophobia.
Unity talks to him through male and female beings, but when they have sex, he specifies that he wants a stadium filled with attractive women, and the bleachers filled with men to be amazed at his sexual proficiency. That's heterosexual to the nth degree.
Rick doesn't even like gay people. His favorite slur is "cocksucker!" It's not just a denigration of oral sex; although men and women both can engage in that activity, Rick only uses it to demean men, by implying that they are gay. For instance, in "The Wedding Squanchers," he denigrates his son-in-law: "My name is Jerry, and I love to suck big hairy boners and lick disgusting testicle sacks."
I happened to watch the episode about an hour after doing just that.
Obviously the show expects us to find gay sex disgusting.
"Gay" is also used as an all-purpose put-down: "That's gay."
According to the fan wiki, there have been several actual LGBT characters on the show. Let's take a look at them:
2. Father Bob, the priest at the town church, has gay desires that he must hide, because, of course, God hates gays. When a ray makes everyone's "toxicity"(negative traits) emerge, Father Bob declares "There is no God" and starts having sex with a guy. It doesn't get more clear than this: being gay is a negative trait.
3. An alternate universe version of Summer is a lesbian, who is dating the alternate universe version of her nemesis, Christina LaCroix. She is attacked by other alternate versions of herself. Can't have those lesbians around!
4. An alien tv commercial tells us about Trunk People, men who have elephant trunks on their faces, which allows them to have sex with both men and women.
Silly me -- I thought there were people right here on Earth who had sex with men and women both. Apparently the writers believe that bisexuality is physically impossible.
Or did they mean sex with men and women at the same time is physically impossible?
News flash: you have a penis or a vagina, a mouth, a butt, and two hands. That's five partners, of whatever gender configuration you want. Try a cisgender man, a cisgender woman, a transman, a transwoman, and someone who is intersexed.
5. Bisexual actress Kristen Stewart has a cameo, having sex with an alternate universe Jerry. See -- she's actually straight.
Yep, all gay men are sexual predators and pedophiles. Teenage boys better be careful in public restrooms!
Even Family Guy never went that far.
I won't be watching any more episodes.